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British architect wins top prize
Lord Rogers
Lord Rogers was praised as a 'champion of urban life'
British architect Richard Rogers has been awarded the world's top architecture prize.

The 73-year-old has won the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his work over more than 40 years.

He has designed a series of world-renowned buildings, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lloyd's of London and the Millennium Dome.

Lord Rogers is the fourth British architect to be given the award since it was founded in 1979.

'Social responsibility'

"It's very nice to be awarded what is the most important architecture prize in the world," he said.

"Winning this prize will give me another platform to communicate one's social responsibility, also to the beauty of architecture and buildings."

The award panel said Lord Rogers was a "champion of urban life" who believed in cities' potential to be catalysts for social change.

His buildings were praised for their combination of high-tech elements with transparency, and constraint-free design, as well as their integration of public and private spaces.

Lord Rogers will be formally awarded the prize at a ceremony in London in June.

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